The Alabama football program is entering another season as the overwhelming favorites to take home the National Championship.
After a late-game collapse at the hands of the Clemson Tigers to end last season, it might have left a bad taste in the mouth of returning Crimson Tide players. Namely, quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts was impressive last season, and appears to be improving. While working as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, the sophomore quarterback drew considerable praise from Archie Manning.
“Jalen’s a good-looking quarterback, and he threw the ball well,” Archie Manning told AL.com. “We really enjoyed having Jalen. He’s really a fine young man and a good guy, a really good guy. He worked great with our campers and mixed in so well with our staff. He was one of the favorites. And in all of the throwing sessions, he performed very well.”
Hurts was impressive in his freshman season as the Tide quarterback. His 62.8 completion percentage, coupled with his 23 touchdowns to nine interceptions provide plenty of opportunity to build and grow in year two. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is no longer with the team, having accepted a head coaching position at FAU.
New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll likes to throw the ball. If Hurts enters the season as improved as those around him say he is, Alabama might be even tougher to beat this year than they were last year. Scary news, and there might not be a team in the country ready to challenge that kind of juggernaut.
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